Pennisetum setaceum Rubrum pen-iss-SEE-tum
Of all the ornamental grasses, of which there are many, Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’, or Purple Fountain Grass, is probably one of the most popular. The purple or burgundy-colored foliage and soft, fuzzy-like blooms (which are followed by purplish seedheads) make a bold statement in the garden—on their own or grouped with other plantings. Growing purple fountain grass is easy and Spring is the most suitable time for planting. These plants need to be placed in a sunny location with well-draining soil. Since mature plants can reach about four feet tall and just as wide, they should be given plenty of room in the garden, spacing additional plants at least three to five feet apart. The plant is drought tolerant so watering sufficiently every week or two should be adequate.